Effectively Wild Episode 1870: Please Don’t Put in the Newspaper That Manfred Got Mad


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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the varying interpretations of Bobby Bonilla Day and what may be the last-ever Bruce Sutter Day, then (17:20) discuss what an expansive ESPN profile of Rob Manfred reveals about the MLB commissioner. After that (48:49), they answer listener emails about players jumping straight from college to the majors, whether a player who hit a lot of homers but little else would be playable, how many players would still be two-way players if the rules permitted nine designated hitters, and a chair for catchers. Finally (1:22:53), they Stat Blast about the players with the most unique uniform numbers and the most lopsided starting-pitcher matchups by win-loss record, plus (1:34:35) “fourth out” banter, a Past Blast from 1870, a call for listener testimonials, and a few followups.

Audio intro: Etta James, “Bobby is His Name
Audio outro: The Hollies, “Pay You Back With Interest

Link to Planet Money on Bonilla Day
Link to The Athletic on Sutter
Link to thread about deferred payments
Link to Torre on athletes going broke
Link to ESPN profile of Manfred
Link to Selig EW episode
Link to @dril tweet
Link to pitcher stuff aging curve
Link to first dorm chair
Link to second dorm chair
Link to third dorm chair
Link to Stathead
Link to Ryan Nelson’s Twitter account
Link to active uniform-number leaders
Link to all-time uniform-number leaders
Link to Petriello on George Brunet
Link to Petriello on uniform-number value
Link to winless vs. lossless SP data
Link to winless vs. lossless record game
Link to lopsided net W-L record data
Link to earlier Stat Blast on SP W-L records
Link to EW emails database
Link to post on Nationals “fourth out” play
Link to Richard Hershberger’s Strike Four
Link to 1870 story source
Link to CarShield tweet
Link to Ward interview
Link to John Poff’s fundraiser

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